New World

Understanding the world you live in depends upon the time when you were born. In my case, my understanding goes back into the late 19th century when my grandparents were born. They lived through the final stages of railroad development that made travel and shipping long distance possible. But, as you know, development continued. From the automobile on, machine development transformed farming and city development and machines unimaginable. World War II broadened, speeded up and involved more of the population. Following the war, the industrial and management capacity were at the level where growth in these two areas, plus educational levels, produced a society that was the basis for economic growth.

As we passed through the later 1900s industrial development pretty much reached its limits. We have followed through into a stage that is different from what I have lived in and I do not completely understand. Computers have given us a capacity for technical development that demands higher levels of education. Today, farming, making things, construction all require less human labor than I would have ever imagined. While I don’t understand where we will be taken technically and socially, I know it will be more intellectually involved than the life I have lived.


  1. #1 by Terry Jackson on November 22, 2017 - 9:19 pm

    Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family, Dr. Boswell. I am grateful for you – your wisdom and your insights. You are special to me.

  2. #2 by John Boswell on November 23, 2017 - 2:31 pm

    Terry, happy thanksgiving to you and your family. After church with our grandson (he wants to go, we don’t push) we will come back and shortly before 2, we will walk across the street for dinner with our daughters, their families and some of their friends.(one daughter just came in for her pie crust to be checked)

    Let me tell you that you are a special person to me (as to your family and a lot of other people who know you).

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